Frustration is growing with the system as it currently exists. This is not what America was supposed to be. It really takes a good look at the nation from outside the narrow path prescribed for us all to truly see the flaws in the new "American Way." When was the last time you stepped out of that path? When was the last time you let a tax bill go late, or refused to go along with the inspections and searches required of you?
The thing one discovers when they do step outside of that narrow path is that there is no liberty. Liberty is something you have as a human being, a right that cannot be limited or restricted. Liberty to the government is something you earn by obedience. You have no say, you can elect anyone you want to, but they are quickly indoctrinated into the government way and your voice is lost.
Go to court and claim your rights. You will quickly be held in contempt and fined or locked away. Do you understand? You are in contempt by demanding your rights. You are in contempt for reminding the jury that they have the right to judge the law as well as your guilt.
Go build a house. Where are your permits? What have you done, where did you get the supplies? China? Not for drywall, rip it out. Is that your land? You can't burn anything on it, you can't cut down the trees, you can't put a trailer on that, no not even if you are homeless. Where are your plans? Are they approved by the county? No? Well, you have to go to the county. You can't put a water well there, it isn't allowed.
Yeah, and you know what? All of these things are what we have asked for, to protect ourselves from our neighbors. Which brings to the fore a difficult question. What degree of liberty would you allow your neighbor? See, that is the real question. Each individual thinks themselves capable of liberty, to understand what to do and not to do with their own freedom. They would be responsible with weapons and food and building. They would do it right, but would their neighbor? One can only have as much liberty as he would extend to another and that is the trouble with returning to any semblance of Constitutionality. It demands of us a civility that we may no longer possess having so long lived with the arbiter of the government to settle our disputes and to keep other citizens in line.
The totality of regulation and government intrusion is likely to drive me out of the country. My temper is growing short for people who look at this method of living and nod in approval. There are now a lot more places that are less restrictive than the United States. I have spent the better part of my life trying to secure the past, but I am coming to the conclusion that it may not be possible, or reasonable to expect that outcome.
There was a time when we could look at each other and agree that things were not quite as they should be, but there was no freer place on earth. Today, that is not true and will never be true until we decide as a people that our liberty is worth the fight. The moment of rectification is long past and the expected rebellion has not taken place. The Tea Party is incapable of forcing the needed outcome in the limited amount of time that is left because they are too concerned about their public image to do the things that will back down the unions that are growing more powerful and imposing their will on the legislatures.
Folks, it is about to get a lot worse around here and I may not hang around to watch it evolve.
Graciously linked and quoted at Refreshing the Tree of Liberty.
Graciously linked and quoted at Hell On Earth.
Graciously linked at Western Rifle Shooters Association.
Graciously linked and quoted at Free North Carolina.
Graciously linked at Steve Quayle.